Police patrol work in Norway and the implementation of community beat policing
Police patrol work is key to understanding police management and police-citizen interaction. In this paper the methodological framework and some findings from a comparative study of police patrols in Europe is presented. The motivation for this study is that people in society and those who are responsible for the management of police work, should know what officers do in order to be able to give a meaningful interpretation of police management and of the democratic control of the police.
In this study police patrol work is seen as constituted by police activities and the main question explored is what determines what is involved in police patrol work.
The situation is explained with a methodological framework, introducing some results from Norway. In the concluding section these findings are used to discuss various models of implementing community beat policing.
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